US deaths from synthetic opioids surge by 72 percent

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2016

CDC research shows that heroin overdose deaths in the US have reached epidemic proportions, surpassing 30,000 in one year for the first time in recent history.

Trump names hard-line “deficit hawk” to head budget office

By our reporter, 19 December 2016

Representative Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, has backed a federal debt default and a government shutdown as methods of forcing cuts in social spending.

Trump taps right-wing supporter of settlers as ambassador to Israel

Trump meets with tech industry leaders

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Thousands suffer as dangerous cold blankets US Midwest

By our reporters, 19 December 2016

Reporting teams from the WSWS spoke to those escaping from deadly cold temperatures at warming centers in Detroit and Chicago.

US coal miners hit by sharp rise in deadliest black lung disease

By Clement Daly, 19 December 2016

New reports have revealed a spike in the deadliest forms of the respiratory disease, which miners contract by inhaling coal dust.

US coal miners face cutoff of health, pension benefits

Justice Department report estimates nearly 2,000 “arrest-related deaths” annually in US

By our reporter, 19 December 2016

The number of police killings, or homicides, recorded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is more than twice the number reported by the FBI.

Bakersfield, California police shoot unarmed 73-year-old man

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China accuses US of using undersea drone to spy

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2016

The incident intensifies the US-China tensions produced by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” that has transformed the South China Sea into a dangerous flashpoint.

Chinese vessel seizes US undersea drone in South China Sea

European powers criticize Trump’s threats against China

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Police break up opposition-led blockade of Polish parliament

By Clara Weiss, 19 December 2016

With this latest stand-off, the constitutional crisis in Poland that began over a year ago following PiS’ accession to government has reached a turning point.

Berlin’s Humboldt University plans massive job cuts

By Katerina Selin, 19 December 2016

The latest developments at Humboldt University are linked to the drastic austerity policy of the Berlin Senate regarding higher education.

Terror attack claims at least 15 lives in central Turkey

By Halil Celik, 19 December 2016

A suicide car-bomb attack in Kayseri killed 15 soldiers and wounded and 54 others, including civilians, on Saturday.

UN agency says government torture and abductions continue in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 19 December 2016

Seven years after the defeat of the separatist LTTE, Colombo’s huge police-state apparatus is being used against the working class and oppressed masses.

Australian politician jailed in bid to restore “confidence” in political establishment

By Mike Head, 19 December 2016

While the media commentary surrounding Eddie Obeid’s jailing has focused narrowly on “corruption,” the public disaffection and political instability go far deeper.

Papua New Guinea troops to protect huge Exxon-Mobil gas project

By John Braddock, 19 December 2016

The multi-million dollar gas project is run by ExxonMobil, whose ex-CEO Rex Tillerson has been nominated as the next US secretary of state.

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La hipocresía de Washington tras la caída de Alepo

Por Bill Van Auken, 19 diciembre 2016

Las acusaciones histéricas de los gobiernos occidentales y de la prensa acerca de las atrocidades comeidas en el este de Alepo reflejan la severidad del fracaso en Siria para el imperialismo norteamericano.

Partido Podemos de España pretende desorientar ira social con campaña “vuelta a la calle”

Por Alejandro López, 19 diciembre 2016

Si van a “volver” a las calles es porque Podemos y los sindicatos no han salido a protestar en años, a pesar de las drásticas medidas de austeridad.

Mineros en EE.UU. enfrentan fin de cobertura médica y pensiones

Por Jerry White, 19 diciembre 2016

Con el fondo de pensiones de su sindicato a punto de agotarse, alrededor de 120.000 mineros pensionados enfrentan amenazas de acabar con sus beneficios en salud y pensiones.

Estudio sobre los ingresos de los jóvenes enfatiza el declive en estándares de vida en Estados Unidos

Por Niles Niemuth, 19 diciembre 2016

La catástrofe social, arraigada en la decadencia del capitalismo estadounidense, subyace la crisis política de ambos partidos corporativos y conducirá a inmensas convulsiones sociales.

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Obama et Clinton attisent la campagne contre la Russie

Par Patrick Martin, 19 décembre 2016

Lors de sa dernière conférence de presse, Obama a réitéré ses allégations de piratage par le gouvernement russe contre l’élection américaine tout en refusant de fournir des preuves.

Les puissances européennes critiquent les menaces de Trump contre la Chine

Par Alex Lantier, 19 décembre 2016

Un mois avant l’investiture de Donald Trump comme président des États-Unis, des tensions se font jour déjà avec les puissances européennes autour de son programme « l’Amérique d’abord ».

Le sommet de l’UE se rallie contre la Russie

Par Peter Schwarz, 19 décembre 2016

Suite au Brexit, à l’élection de Donald Trump comme président des États-Unis et à la montée de forces nationalistes d’extrême-droite, l’UE est paralysée et divisée.

Un navire chinois capture un drone sous-marin américain en mer de Chine méridionale

Par Peter Symonds, 19 décembre 2016

Washington a déposé une plainte officielle, l’incident pourrait donc rapidement exacerber la confrontation déjà tendue entre les États-Unis et la Chine dans ces eaux d’importance stratégique.

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Perspective

Ahead of Electoral College vote: Democrats intensify McCarthyite campaign against Russia

19 December 2016

The campaign by the Democrats against Trump is not over the far-right character of his cabinet, but his insufficiently aggressive attitude toward Russia.

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Socialist Equality Party

David North speaks in London on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 19 December 2016

Approximately 100 workers, students and youth attended a lecture in London on Saturday delivered by North, the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party of the US.

Workers, youth at London meeting respond to David North’s analysis of Trump’s victory

By our reporters, 19 December 2016

Arts

Four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death–Part 1
And a conversation with James Shapiro of Columbia University

By David Walsh, 19 December 2016

It is four centuries since the death of dramatist William Shakespeare. Arts editor David Walsh spoke to James Shapiro, the author of numerous remarkable books on the playwright and his times.

Greg Lake, pioneer of progressive rock music, dies at 69

25 years ago: Hawke ousted as Australian prime minister

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was ousted as prime minister of the Labor government, in a 56-51 parliamentary caucus vote on December 19, 1991, that installed former Treasury Minister Paul Keating as his successor.

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50 years ago: Soviet Union lands Luna 13 on Moon

On December 24, 1966, the Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna 13 landed on the Moon, the same day gathering data demonstrating the feasibility of landing manned missions on the lunar surface.

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75 years ago: French exile forces seize control of St. Pierre and Miquelon

On December 24, 1941, a small force of French exiles loyal to General Charles de Gaulle landed on the tiny islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French possession off the coast of Newfoundland, and deposed the Vichy administration in a bloodless coup.

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100 years ago: Ottoman troops defeated at Battle of Magdhaba

On December 23, 1916, British troops successfully defeated a contingent of Ottoman troops in the Battle of Magdhaba, as part of a push by Allied troops to secure the Sinai peninsula in modern-day Egypt.

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Commentary

Obama, Clinton stoke anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2016

The US media’s neo-McCarthyite campaign for war against Russia

New York Times’ narrative of Russian hacking: War propaganda in the guise of news

Facebook’s “fake news” measures: A move toward censorship

By George Gallanis, 17 December 2016

The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

EU summit lines up against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2016

“Sanders in Trump Country”: Vermont senator peddles his own brand of economic nationalism

While decrying “massacre” in Aleppo, US steps up bloodshed in Mosul

Science

Planet Earth II: David Attenborough narrates the dramas of life a second time

By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016

New dinosaur discovery in Myanmar includes feathers

The election of Donald Trump

Trump nominates opponent of environmental regulation for secretary of the interior

By Nick Barrickman, 15 December 2016

Trump, Republicans spout nationalism and reaction at Wisconsin rally

By Christopher Davion and Catherine Long, 15 December 2016

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 13 December 2016

Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

The United Steelworkers, Wilbur Ross and economic nationalism

Trump picks oil mogul as secretary of state

Trump endorses Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines

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Book Review

An exposure of high-stakes testing in Australia’s public schools
Beautiful Failures by Lucy Clark

By Karen Holland, 15 December 2016

Mehring Books

Week Four: Holiday gift sales!
MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

14 December 2016

All titles, including the centenary edition of Tsar to Lenin, are discounted from 10 percent to 50 percent during our annual holiday sale.

100 Years since the Russian Revolution
Mehring Books announces centenary edition of landmark documentary, Tsar to Lenin

12 December 2016

Produced by the legendary Herman Axelbank and narrated by Max Eastman, Tsar to Lenin is the definitive documentary of a revolution that “shook the world” and changed the course of history.

Security and the Fourth Internaional

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement—Part one

By Eric London, 8 December 2016

Security and the Fourth International
The Smith Act trial and government infiltration of the Trotskyist movement—Part two
Why wasn’t Joseph Hansen a defendant in the Smith Act trial?

History

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

On December 11, the international socialist movement marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of the “father of Russian Marxism,” Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Growing support for IYSSE campaign against censorship at New York University

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2016

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board